Karen F. Parker
                Professor of Sociology/Criminology, University of Delaware


Karen F. Parker is Professor of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Delaware in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice. She taught at the University of Florida for eleven years before moving to Delaware in 2007. She was elected to serve on the American Society of Criminology executive board (2012-2015), an elected council member of the Crime, Law and Deviance section of the American Sociological Association (2006-2008; 2010-2012) and a research associate with the National Poverty Center, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan since 2007.

Professor Parker's research interests include exploring the influence of macro-level constructs on urban violence, particularly labor markets, racial segregation, immigration and concentrated disadvantage. Much of her recent work has incorporated longitudinal models to examine how changes in the local urban economy differentially influence race-specific homicide rates over time and detailed examinations of the American crime drop. Research on these topics has been published in Criminology, American Journal of Public Health, Social Science ResearchSocial Forces, Urban Affairs Review, Feminist CriminologyJustice Quarterly and Journal of Quantitative Criminology. Her book, Unequal Crime Decline (2008 NYU Press), documents the role of labor market segmentation on the racial disparities in violence over time.

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